academic year


Definition of academic year

: the annual period of sessions of an educational institution usually beginning in September and ending in June

Examples of academic year in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The State newspaper reported that school districts counted 699 teaching and service position vacancies at the start of this school year compared to 555 at the beginning of the prior academic year. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Sandhill cranes, black-footed ferrets, Washington crossing the Delaware: News from around our 50 states," 28 Dec. 2020 Leaders of the Region One School District in northwestern Connecticut decided to grant up to three snow days this academic year, but said they would be added to the calendar in June, making the school year stretch farther into summer. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "The Pandemic Melts the Snow Day," 16 Dec. 2020 Things got heated this summer when some members sent vulgar messages during a meeting to discuss when the first day of the new academic year would be. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Salt Lake City to start allowing elementary students to come back to school in late January," 18 Nov. 2020 The attack on the school comes just two weeks into the start of the new academic year. Francis Ajumane And Eoin Mcsweeney, CNN, "Gunmen kill children in attack on school in Cameroon as prime minister condemns 'act of wickedness'," 26 Oct. 2020 Over the next several weeks, families in the district will receive a letter explaining their students’ new school for the 2021-2022 academic year and outlining other school options based on their address. Mara Klecker, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis schools on track with rollout of redistricting plan," 21 Nov. 2020 The application fee is $115 (reimbursed to the candidate who is awarded the scholarship) and the submission deadline for the 2021-22 academic year is Dec. 1, 2020. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Sony/ATV and Bleeding Fingers Music Announce USC Scholarship for Black Composers," 17 Nov. 2020 Children spent the end of the last academic year at home. The Economist, "Education England’s catch-up tutoring programme has bold ambitions," 7 Nov. 2020 Moments after that, the Big Ten halted all competition through the end of the academic year. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Sources: Optimism for Big Ten football restart is growing; no vote on Sunday," 13 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of academic year

1800, in the meaning defined above

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“Academic year.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of academic year

: the time during a year when a school has classes

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